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Valmet's new pilot facility is now in operation

Valmet’s new Pretreatment BioTrac pilot facility was started up at Valmet’s Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall, Sweden. The purpose of the investment is to strengthen Valmet’s research and development capabilities within the field of biomass pretreatment and to respond to new market demands for bioenergy, biofuels, and biochemicals.

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Focus on the potential of cellulose-based materials

The new ZELLCHEMING Conference “Cellulose Based Materials - From Science to Technology” reflects the growing importance of a bioeconomy strategy based on renewable raw materials. Cellulose, the main component of plant cell walls and thus the most abundant organic compound worldwide, will play a key role in the future. Therefore, the potential of cellulose-based materials and materials will be the focus of the event from June 26-29, 2022, at the RheinMain CongressCenter (RMCC) in Wiesbaden.

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Björn Bemelmans appointed new Managing Director at Heimbach

Since December 1st, 2021, Björn Bemelmans has joined the Management Board of Heimbach GmbH as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He succeeds Werner Dilly, who will leave the company at his own request on December 31st, 2021, after 6 successful years as Managing Director.

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New opaque paper for inserts of medications, leaflets, manuals and legal text applications

Mondi launches IQ Extralight. The new opaque paper solution is produced at Mondi Neusiedler, Austria, and targets the uncoated premium segment in opaque paper for inserts of medications and cosmetics, operating manuals, catalogues, directories or legal text application. IQ Extralight offers an excellent printability, folding performance and is developed for both web and sheet-fed offset printing.

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Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box launches new thermo-laminated film

The Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Ibi facility in Spain has started the production of bags with a new and more sustainable thermo-laminated metallised film – M-Compact 77. Thanks to the thermo-lamination technology, which bonds individual films together through exposure to heat without using the adhesives that are required for classic lamination, production of M-Compact 77 is more environmentally friendly and resource efficient. Smurfit Kappa has achieved a 12% bag weight reduction and 7% less CO2 emissions.1

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Voith: Over 300 global installations of digital solutions

With its digitalization and automation portfolio Papermaking 4.0, Voith Paper is an international innovation driver in paper production. The technology company now has more than 300 digital installations worldwide. The numerous references prove how digitalization continuously optimizes the production process in terms of efficiency, sustainability and quality.

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4evergreen: Fact-based guidelines to increase recycling rate of fibre-based packaging

The 4evergreen alliance shares its first insights of research into different aspects of the fibre-based packaging value chain, in an unique industry wide attempt to increase the recycling rate of fibre-based packaging.

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Andritz starts up pressurized refining system at Biyang Huifeng, China

Andritz has successfully completed the start-up of a pressurized refining system supplied to Biyang Huifeng Wood Industry Board Co., Ltd. at its MDF production plant in Biyang, Henan province, China. With the new system, the customer is capable of processing poplar wood chips as raw material. The heart of the new system is the Andritz 54-1CP refiner, which features high energy efficiency. The scope of supply also included a maintenance-friendly 20” discharger with the latest C-feeder concept, a compensator and a proven 20” ribbon feeder.

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Huhtamaki appoints Fredrik Davidsson as Executive Vice President, Digital and Process Performance

Fredrik Davidsson (52) has been appointed as Executive Vice President, Digital and Process Performance and a member of the Global Executive Team at Huhtamaki as of June 1, 2022 at the latest. He will report to President and CEO Charles Héaulmé and will be based in Espoo, Finland.

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Valmet and CMPC: Agreement for major technology and automation delivery for Guaíba pulp mill

Valmet and CMPC have finalized the agreement of which Valmet and CMPC signed a letter of intent in September 2021. According to the agreement, Valmet will deliver key technology and automation for CMPC’s BioCMPC project. The target is to modernize and increase the production capacity of the Guaíba pulp mill’s line 2 from 1.5 million ADt/y (air dry tonnes per year) to 1.85 million ADt/y. The upgraded mill is expected to start operation in the fourth quarter of 2023.

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BIR warns: “Circular Economy must remain global”

Last week, the European Commission revealed the proposed changes to its 2013 EU Waste Shipment Regulation. The Regulation controls both imports and exports, of both hazardous and non-hazardous wastes, within the EU and to third countries outside the EU. The existing Regulation had set the rules to ensure potential adverse effects on the environment and public health caused by shipments of waste are avoided. With this proposal, the Commission intends to strengthen those rules.

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PulPaper 2022 to build tomorrow's bioeconomy

The theme of the forest industry’s PulPaper 2022 is Building tomorrow’s bioeconomy. The PulPaper event, which is free of charge for professionals in the field, will host presentations by forest industry companies on Future Square as well as the PulPaper Conference and the Green Economy Business Summit, both of which are paid events. In the exhibition area, companies in the forest industry meet their clients and present their products. PulPaper 2022 will be arranged on 29-31 March 2022 at Messukeskus Helsinki.

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